FH074 Bolabit

RIYL: Zombi covering Air covering Zombi, a 80’s Tangerine Dream soundtrack sans all the annoying guitar solos, an ineffable sense of loss Live drum and analog synth duo Bolabit mine a snow globe of nostalgia and regret, a pastel-hued Michael[…]

FH073 COPS

RIYL: Cluster, This Heat, mega dub Berlin-based COPS score the pathos of a world where the hero walks away (into the sunset/alley/drives), forever alone. Movies are not like real life kids: the girl gets old and disinterested, the loose alliance[…]

FH072 Lips and Ribs – Males In Harmony

RIYL: midi prog, whipping dildos, cream-based marching orders Fifteen virgins with soft, vacuum cleaner-like appendages wave through the bars of your cage, celebrating and venerating your vitality while wishing you continued stamina. Match time is close and the acrid, burned[…]

FH070/71 Sciencevision / Slim Fortune split

SLIM FORTUNE RIYL: Nick Cave in a a Las Vegas dive bar, high on salt peanuts and rotting suede – and frisky. Slim Fortune is a peyote milkshake poured from the waxy remnants of a soft-with-heat Lee Hazlewood LP all[…]

FH069 Curved Light – Vast And Infinite

RIYL: the first glimpse at the sound of the motherucking future yo Expansive, psychedelic, fourth world: these all describe the particular creative resonance that is Curved Light. Vast and Infinite is culled from four years of thinking about (and creating the sonic landscape[…]

paco sala, the silent season

FH068 Paco Sala – The Silent Season

RIYL: the sound of 4am on a feedback loop into the corpus callosum and spiced with heavy sedatives The drugs bring the grey, the gray dulls the pain, the pain echoes off a distant ridge somewhere right below your thigh,[…]

FH067 Yves Malone – Death House 4

RIYL: grimy VHS terror, dead malls at dusk, analog soundtrack horror  Mr. Malone is back with portents of dark times indeed: some people live sunny lives of vapid clarity and hopeful posi vibes and then there is the rest of us. This album[…]

FH066 Manville Heights

RIYL: coy liaisons with fine Japanese electronic instruments, tomorrow’s sad-funk Can machines develop sadness? Regret? Does the keyboard grazing of one’s fingertips over the years accumulate feelings and longings in these electronic tools, both so invisible to us in our waking human[…]

FH065 Snakes of Pennsylvania

RIYL: The Album Leaf, early Sebadoh, cassette 4-tracking during the dead hours of a psychotropic day Meeting in art school and eventually living in fabled Tarantula House in the high hills of Pittsburgh, the duo cut their teeth during countless sessions of[…]

FH063 Garde Forestier

RIYL: cassette loops, contemplation of the atrification of logic in seemingly intelligent systems, weed Garde Forestier is vaguely sinister 80’s hold music a lunatic French guru turned into mediation loops. Or perhaps it’s a Casio workstation gone on the fritz but becoming sentient,[…]

FH062 Kane Pour – Vision Crayon

RIYL: video game soundtracks from weather.com, audio taffy, Swedish fish + QVC We’ve had a mad bee up our bonnets for this feller since hearing Kane Pour’s previous release & are stoked as hell to drop this smooth acid candy into[…]

FH061 Urthsla – Wannsee

RIYL: Six Organs of Admittance, Flying Saucer Attack, the sweet kiss of familial termites on your cerebral cortex pretending to behave The welcome balm of Urthsla, a sweet musical utterance whispered to a young love, a gentle squall of devotional drone: and[…]

FH059 Spectrum Control – Hunters At Cyber Dawn

RIYL: Galaxie 500 w/ a drum machine, YLT with laryngitis on mushrooms, German bands you have never heard of but should have PNW psych superstar Dewey Mahood (Plankton Wat, Eternal Tapestry, Edibles) is back with a slab of the darker[…]

FH060 Half A Decade of Chrome compilation

It’s a future best-of-best-of: 26 unreleased tracks by members of the Field Hymns family, available here for the first time. Who needs a collection of past hits? NOT US. Bring us the future, man. Five years ago I started this[…]

FH057 Andreas Brandal – Murmurs and Echoes

RIYL: late-era Talk Talk jamming with Calexico, the unfulfilled life that flickers on the eyelids at night Weary, cold, and alone but not dead, we soldier on under the half-light to some place on the horizon, anyplace really, as the[…]

FH058 Three Fourths Tigers – Indoor Voice

RIYL: the cross-talk of the cerebral cortex whilst dreaming of childhood and just a little bit high We are passing into dayglo psychedelic arcades and crystal spheres in the forest, though chrome silly string melting from the trees all over[…]

FH056 Ak’chamel The Giver of Illness – The Man Who Drank God

RIYL: generally friendly cult acolytes, Popul Vuh heard through a shortwave radio  A local Cthulhu cult, maybe American Southwest. Their campfires are dim against the black, pinprick sky, the void which their voices yearn to command, yet also from which[…]

FH055 The Snowfields – How To Get Good Sound From A Dead Ear

RIYL: postrock electronica with a whiff of 70’s Constellation aftershave  The first Snowfields album in 7 years is a sublime affair, sounding like a missing album from Julian Cope’s Krautrock Sampler or Obscured By Clouds/More-era Pink Floyd hitting the Serengetti[…]

FH053 Brainchai/Ilkae “Athena”

RIYL: cyberpunk geriatric sex scenes, the soundtrack of the burning of a slot car race track The second split ever from Field Hymns brings the crackling 8-bit EDM of Eirik Suhrke (Brainchai) and Montreal’s Aaron Munson (Ilkae) to the shores[…]

FH054 Millions – Line In The Sky

RIYL: experimental ambient drone, a omni-present feeling of lurking danger David Suss (Millions) uses Thomas Pynchon’s “Against The Day” as inspiration for this 4 track suite. Eschewing the traditional post-rock build-up, he kicks off this broad, tense piece with a[…]